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Sudden Severe upper lip and right sided face swelling. Had not eaten or come into contact with anything new. Wisdom tooth extraction 14 days prior.?

Sudden Severe upper lip and right sided face swelling. Had not eaten or come into contact with anything new. Wisdom tooth extraction 14 days prior.?

Seek help: Any sudden pain, bleeding, or (as in your case) swelling should be evaluated immediately. See your Oral Surgeon, General Dentist, General Physician, ENT Specialist, Urgent Care, or ER. Seek immediate care. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Any swelling after wisdom tooth extraction?

Any swelling after wisdom tooth extraction?

Yes: Without premedication, swelling can be common. With anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling perscription pre medications, these unpleasant effects of wisdom teeth removal can be managed quite comfortably. Discuss this with your treating dentist. ...Read more

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How long should swelling last after wisdom tooth extraction?

How long should swelling last after wisdom tooth extraction?

Average 4 days: Recovery from any surgery depends on many factors, from patient age and health, to the difficulty of the surgery. Were the teeth erupted or deeply impacted? Some people go back to school or work the next day, others can take up to a week. ...Read more

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How long does swelling last after wisdom tooth extraction?

How long does swelling last after wisdom tooth extraction?

2-5 days: If you placed ice on the outside of your face right after the extractions, the selling normally peaks at 48 hours then should stabilize and slowly go down. If you did not use ice it could go on longer. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce swelling from wisdom tooth extraction?

What can I do to reduce swelling from wisdom tooth extraction?

Ice/heat: In the first few hours after the extraction, it is recommended that you out ice on the cheek on the side of the extraction. After the first day, you can put mild heat. Always be careful not to hurt yourself with the ice or heat. If the swelling is painful, and doesn't seem to improve, then consult with your dentist or surgeon immediately. ...Read more

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Wisdom tooth extraction site is swelling, what should I do?

Wisdom tooth extraction site is swelling, what should I do?

Normal or not?: After the removal of wisdom teeth, patients may experience some swelling. Some patients have little or no swelling, while others may have some significant increase during the first two to three days after surgery. Usually by the third day the swelling should peak and decrease. If you are still swollen after one week, contact your dentist or surgeon for advice and follow up. ...Read more

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When will the swelling in my cheeks go down after my wisdom tooth extraction?

When will the swelling in my cheeks go down after my wisdom tooth extraction?

Depends: This does depend on how difficult they were to remove, but usually 2 weeks. ...Read more

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In general, what is the recovery time for cheek swelling to go down after a wisdom tooth extraction?

In general, what is the recovery time for cheek swelling to go down after a wisdom tooth extraction?

One week: In general it takes one to two days for the swelling from the trauma from the extraction but if the wisdom tooth was slightly inflamed before the exit. It can take a week to go down with antibiotics taken from the first day
if swelling persists after a week it might be a good idea to visit your dentist for further treatment options. ...Read more

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Wisdom tooth extraction swelling still after a day. Is there anything to do for this?

Wisdom tooth extraction swelling still after a day. Is there anything to do for this?

NSAIDs/warm compress: Having some inflammation afterwards is normal. Taking Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) sodium can help with reducing some discomfort and swelling. After 24 hours of the procedure, you can use warm compresses to help speed up blood flow and decrease inflammatory mediators. Keep your mouth clean, avoid tobacco, drinking through a straw, alcohol ; sodas for up to 5 days afterwards. I wish you a speedy recover. ...Read more

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How many days on average will pain and swelling last after a wisdom tooth extraction of an erupted wisdom tooth? Will the pain be bearable?

How many days on average will pain and swelling last after a wisdom tooth extraction of an erupted wisdom tooth? Will the pain be bearable?

O.Surgery guidelines: Guidelines to determine degree of difficulty in removing wisdom teeth and predicting post-op pain and swelling. Tooth position is a major determinant in the methods used in extractions. Generally, more fully erupted teeth require less surgical intervention. Angled or tilted teeth, no. Of roots and curvature of roots may require sectioning of the roots resulting in more pain and swelling. ...Read more

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Inferior alveolar nerve was compressed during wisdom tooth extraction. Dealt with numbness for 1 month. Still have swelling below my jaw. How to treat?

Inferior alveolar nerve was compressed during wisdom tooth extraction. Dealt with numbness for 1 month. Still have swelling below my jaw. How to treat?

See oral surgeon: Contact the oral surgeon that performed the extraction. There are many variables, if the numbness is reducing that is a good sign. If the numbness continues, a neurosurgeon may be needed, don't wait as time is of the essence. ...Read more

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I got a lower wisdom tooth extraction 5 days ago and the swelling has seemed to gone down completely except for a hard, ball-like lump in my lower jaw, which makes my cheek protrude and also makes it hard for me to open my mouth. The dentist said this is

I got a lower wisdom tooth extraction 5 days ago and the swelling has seemed to gone down completely except for a hard, ball-like lump in my lower jaw, which makes my cheek protrude and also makes it hard for me to open my mouth. The dentist said this is

Possible Infection: The late swelling coupled with difficulty opening your mouth could represent a postoperative infection. You should return to your dentist and/or surgeon for evaluation and any recommended treatment (antibiotic and/or incision and drainage of the infected area). ...Read more

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I am experiencing cheek swelling & a sore throat. I recently got a wisdom tooth extraction on the left side. I see black stuff on the extraction site.

I am experiencing cheek swelling & a sore throat. I recently got a wisdom tooth extraction on the left side. I see black stuff on the extraction site.

Swelling: If the swelling is on the same side as the recent surgery, they may be associated. Please contact the Dentist or specialist Oral Surgeon that treated you and ask for a post-surgical reevaluation. ...Read more

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What is the cause of an asymmetrical smile after wisdom tooth extraction? Like muscle on one side of face are weak. Procedure done 2 months ago.

What is the cause of an asymmetrical smile after wisdom tooth extraction? Like muscle on one side of face are weak. Procedure done 2 months ago.

See dentist: What you described suggests damage to a nerve. You should consult your dentist for an evaluation and if that does not satisfy you may need to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can Wisdom tooth extraction change face shape?

Can Wisdom tooth extraction change face shape?

Normally not: The alignment of the wisdom teeth are often not the determining factor in facial symmetry. If the other teeth start shifting, etc., then there could be some changes. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have mild ear pain and jaw discomfort on the left side of my face after 11 days of a wisdom tooth extraction?

Recovery period: After wisdom tooth extraction. The time needed for pain in the jaw and earache to disappear completely may be as long as 4-6 weeks. If concerned, see your surgeon for post-op exam. ...Read more

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Are thereany medications for trigeminal sensory pain in left side face/head after horizontally-impacted wisdom tooth extraction & lingual nerve damage?

Are thereany medications for trigeminal sensory pain in left side face/head after horizontally-impacted wisdom tooth extraction & lingual nerve damage?

Several: We use different medications to help alleviate nerve pain. Amitryptilline is an old-fashioned anti-depressant that we never use for depression any more - it helps. Seizure medications like gabapentin, carbamezapine and valproic acid help. You may need more than one type of medication and sometimes you find out what works only by trial and error. See a neurologist for treatment. ...Read more

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Can one have bilateral posterior cervical reactive lymph node swelling on the neck after wisdom tooth extraction? If so, how long does it last for?

Can one have bilateral posterior cervical reactive lymph node swelling on the neck after wisdom tooth extraction? If so, how long does it last for?

How long post-op?: When were your wisdom teeth removed? Do you have any pain at the site of the wisdom teeth? How did you learn you have bilateral posterior cervical reactive lymph node swelling? If your physician saw you, did you ask about the relationship to wisdom tooth extraction? Lymph node swelling which originates from an infection can either subside or they can fibrose (scar), which is not abnormal. ...Read more

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Can I drink and smoke after wisdom tooth extraction?

No smoking: Do not smoke after wisdom tooth extraction. You increase the chance of very painful dry socket. Follow the directions from the dentist or oral surgeon that did the extraction. Eat a soft diet, drinking is ok but avoid alcohol while taking pain medications. ...Read more

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Can you drink anything after wisdom tooth extraction?

Can you drink anything after wisdom tooth extraction?

Yes: You will definitely want to keep hydrated. So drink plenty of fluids. Avoid carbonated beverages and alcohol. ...Read more

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Is excessive drooling normal after wisdom tooth extraction?

Is excessive drooling normal after wisdom tooth extraction?

Can be: Can be. Normal saliva flow but not swallowing due to pain. Will resolve as pain resolved. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a hole in your gum after wisdom tooth extraction?

Maybe: It depends on how long after the extraction we are talking about. After a month +/- most things are closed up. ...Read more

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'my other teeth hurt after wisdom tooth extraction?

'my other teeth hurt after wisdom tooth extraction?

Teeth pain after o/s: Frequently the adjacent teeth to the wisdom teeth will feel sore for a few days after surgery. Very normal. If you have severe pain, return to your oral surgeon for an post op check. ...Read more

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Is Motrin safe to take after wisdom tooth extraction?

Is Motrin safe to take after wisdom tooth extraction?

Ask your surgeon: In most cases yes but without knowing your complete medical history, drug allergies and what other medications you are or might take, we can't give you a blanket yes or no answer. For these types if questions don't rely on internet research or answers. Ask the professionals who actually treat you and are responsible for your well being. ...Read more

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I have dry socket after wisdom tooth extraction, any suggestions?

See your surgeon: Dry sockets are best treated with a medicated dressing placed in the socket. You need to see the dentist that did your surgery for this. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Wisdom Tooth Extraction (Definition)

This simply means removal of the wisdom teeth which are the third (and sometimes fourth molars). Molars are the bigger teeth toward the back of your mouth, and we count them ...Read more


Dr. Nishan Odabashian
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Facial Swelling (Definition)

Facial swelling (edema) occurs when fluid accumulates in the facial tissues. This puffiness can occur for many reasons including ...Read more